If you are not familiar with my blog—well, hello—the pale girl I refer to in the title is moi, a pale girl Katya who covers herself in sunscreen 24/7. And I’m not even ashamed of it! Having such light skin tone, I need to protect myself all the time as I don’t want to get burned and see sun-related premature signs of aging. In addition to being pale as a sheet of paper, I have another problem: acne-prone skin, so I have to be very careful with the products I pick. The good news though is that over the course of the last few years I tested and found best of the best sunscreens for pale skin and I’m happy to share my beauty discoveries with you.
But before we begin, let me point out that I don’t have just one or two products to share. Depending on your lifestyle and situation, you’ll ideally have a sunscreen wardrobe where you pick and choose SPF level and finish that works the best for your needs. Below, I’m sharing my go-to sunscreen products for both vacation and every day, all suitable for combo, acne-prone skin.
To be honest, I have an entire shelf dedicated to face sunscreens at home, as I use different ones with different moisturizers and foundations. But on my latest vacation, I picked just two: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin SPF 60 Dry-Touch Sunscreen and SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical Defence Sunscreen SPF 50.
The La Roche-Posay sunscreen is specifically designed for acne-prone skin and is ideal for outdoor activities as it dries matte and doesn’t move at all. I usually wear this product on the beach or while jogging outdoors as I can’t stand when my hair is sticking to my face when I apply stickier formulas. I also love it for the mattifying finish as I want to look shine-free on the beach too!
If I’m wearing a tinted moisturizer or a foundation, I switch to the SkinCeuticals formula. It also dries matte, but your foundation doesn’t look cakey or too dry. This sunscreen also happened to be one of my favorite formulas for the days when I’m not on vacation but in New York. It absorbs fast, doesn’t clog pores or cause irritations. I can’t even count how many of these jars I’ve used—it’s just so good!
While on vacation, I’m on the #AlwaysReApply mission: in order to stay protected, I set-up an alarm on my phone so I know to re-apply sunscreen every two hours (if you use SPF 50). Over the latest trip to Tulum, I discovered Paula’s Choice Sun Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 50 and now I’m hooked on it. The product features the gentlest non-sticky formula that dries off in a matter of seconds and doesn’t leave annoying white marks.
After a few days on the sun, I love switching to Australian Gold SPF Spray Gel SPF 30 with Instant Bronzer. It smells heavenly and helps you to achieve a slightly bronzed skin that looks natural and radiant. I use the same product while walking the streets of New York with bare legs. Trust me, even the palest girls could benefit from a little tint on their legs.
Specialty Sun Products
If you have any scars or moles on your skin, you might need a little extra sunscreen to cover these areas. Otherwise, being in the sun can lead to developing all sorts of sunspots and discolorations. To cover such areas, I apply an extra layer of stick sunscreen such as Derma E Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30. For instance, I have a scar on my leg and a few bigger birthmarks on my back, so after my body sunscreen is on, I’ll give a swipe of this SPF stick for extra protection.
Another product to have on hand, especially while on vacation, is St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist. What often happens on vacation is that people apply SPF 50 on their face (which is great!) and pick lower sunscreen protection level for their body—as a result, their face is much lighter than the body. To temporary fix, such situation, spray this bronzing face mist on bare skin or foundation to achieve the most hydrated and bronzed look. You can actually do it while on the beach, as the product smells so beautifully that it reminds a lightweight fragrance.
Hopefully, with all the products mentioned above, you’ll be completely protected from the sun and don’t need any product recommendations for when you get burned. (Okay, if it happened, the best thing I could recommend is to find an actual Aloe Vera leaf and squeeze some juice on the affected area. Then, place a hydrating sheet mask with hyaluronic acid in the fridge for 5 minutes and apply to the affected area). But if you need a suggestion for a great body moisturizer for your after-sun days, my favorite is Sun Bun Cool Down Soothing Aloe Lotion. It smells amazing, contains Vitamin E that hydrates your skin, and Aloe Vera that calms down your skin.
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There you have it: a complete guide to which products I took on my vacation to Tulum. I hope this mini-guide was helpful. Please let me know in the comments if you’d like to hear more about face sunscreens as I’ve discovered quite a few new great options. Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to always re-apply your sunscreen!